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Bruichladdich 22-year-old

Overall rating
87.21/100
votes
319
Whiskybase ID
WB73693
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Laddie Twenty Two
Bottled
02.07.2012
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
Unpeated
Bottle code
12/167 02 JUL 12
Barcode
618105007147
Added on
28 Oct 2015 9:55 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 267.50

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 22-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.21 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful nose, complex, intense, no alcohol, this aroma leaves nothing to be desired. In the mouth, the freshness is replaced by maturity. The finish is very long and shows the age. Bruichladdich needs time to become good, as in this bottling.
    • Nose
      Immediately intense and aromatic, ripe apple, rich vanilla, a hint of cinnamon and clove, sweet lemon, tarragon, becoming sour, white pepper, cucumber and dill, and again and again vanilla
    • Taste
      Soft, cool onset, then some sharpness and immediately oak, slightly astringent, tart as in the nose, the sweetness gives way to a bit more delicate bitterness, vanilla, lemon, sprayed cider in the background, herbs
    • Finish
      Delicate oak, hops, vanilla, apple peel, sourdough bread, long

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a real highlight for me, this mature American oak meets the heart of nerd in the middle, if it were not this mushroom note on the palate, I would take him in my top 3, he looks older than 22 years - very good barrel selection or I would type in older barrels.
    • Nose
      Lemon peels, orange juice, oily-creamy-floral fruity oak tones, green tea with jasmine flowers, with a little peace in the glass: orange blossom, orange oil, mint oil, mushrooms, musty cellar with old moist wood, wax as you know it rather of old sherry ripen, with a touch of maritime notes, tickling ripe slightly resinous oak, as if fresh sanding dust floating in a wood workshop and the sun shining on fresh sawn oak, sweetness and acidity from the wood alternate in the nose, this alternating acidity level lays more and more fine spices, briefly flashing fruits and a variance in the wax note free - here is what's going on the nose is exciting and my Snifter invites again and again new flavors on if he may stand something .. behind all this I find again and again the jasmine and orange blossom with sweet nectar - this is not a trivial "floral touch" that is seductive whisky heaven
    • Taste
      elegant, ripe, flattering sweetness, firmly interwoven with extremely delicious complex oak flavors, oily, round, ripe, no alcoholic taste warm but warm, acid, delicate chocolate notes, mushrooms, on the palate cooling mint, slight oak dryness, too much stimulating the salivation - so Unfortunately, it watered down so quickly on the palate, but what is my weakness and not to interpret the Malt negative, again and again come through the mushrooms, some beef stock
    • Finish
      gently elegant oaky, mild woody notes, slightly astringent, finally the mint leaves with a subtle wood-sharpness

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    blind tasting

    Delicious whisky with a sensational nose. Would I (exceptionally) buy! What is that? No idea. At first I thought that I know that ... but ... no. As written, I am pretty sure that there are so 20-25 years maturation, probably in an ex-Bourboncask. The alcohol I would estimate below 50%, either very well involved or just drinking strength.
    • Nose
      91 91
      sweet and sour, fresh, red fruits, malt, spicy, red gooseberries, sugared rhubarb, meringue, fennel, cinnamon, cucumber, dill, wild honey, nutmeg, ginger, grated lemon zest, very faint smoky notes, old kitchen cupboard, dust ... sensational variety of flavors. A constant interplay between sweet-fruity and sour-spicy, in addition to great barrel notes. He must be older, around the age of 20, because I'm almost overwhelmed again. I could smell forever!
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, fruity, dusty, white pepper, dry wood, creamy, mint tea, nutmeg, malt, light earthy, oranges. The tastes also old, but is not yet killed on tap, so probably not older than 25 years. No trace of alcohol or bitterness. Again, a slight hint of smoke on the tongue, not unpleasant. Unfortunately, the whisky in the taste is not as complex as in the smell, but quite delicious.
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, subtle fruit sweetness and this cigarette smoke, to pleasant tannins, is a bit musty

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not that complicated, but very tasty and straightforward in its simplicity.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Delicate floral with nutty notes. Almond slivers, marzipan. He quickly gave up the initial reluctance and showed himself with wildflower honey, vanilla, light pepper, nutmeg. Appears thick and multi-layered.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Comes directly with a lot of chocolate, toffee, caramel. On the tongue, too, the floral, unidentifiable aromas. Hazelnut, almond. Pipe tobacco, old leather. Increasing seasoning, wood and old bread.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, dry, spicy. Hardly any fruit or flora left, chocolaty, earthy notes dominate the finish.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF 2018

    tasty, vanilla, smoked meat, bit of smoke in the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm actually a big Bruichladdich fan and don't even know why I haven't had it ...

    Golden brown.
    Relatively light for its age.

    But that typical Bruichladdich note right away.
    Soft wood notes, some straw,
    not old, but fine and noble.
    A little honey over time, a slight sweetness in the background.

    A bit spicier in the mouth, but it remains delicate and delicate.
    Wood, gummy bears, ... a nice taste,
    difficult to define.

    A wonderful drop!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A painting that somehow leaves me questioning and a little perplexed. Actually a very successful, delicious 22 malt with a high level of complexity and which in no way passes as "easy-drinking". Everything harmonious and to the point. On the one hand I really like it, on the other hand I think that other stills can do something like that even with less years of maturation. For me, that speaks to no perfect barrel management. In addition, the price is now absurdly high.
    But I probably have too little idea and I would buy it again and again.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Soft, citrus, vanilla, floral, some grain, fresh hay, summery flower meadow are the first impressions.
      Seems nice and fresh to me, a little mint has a slightly cooling effect. Fruity of pears, apples and light grapes. There are also slightly tart fruits like gooseberries, currants with a little honey sweetness. Nice interplay with vanilla, which is always present in the background, and spicy notes of cloves, some cinnamon, laurel. Nice complex and multi-layered nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The first impression on the palate is a slightly watery, fruity-sweet mixture. Then there is a slight tingling spiciness of white pepper. A little oak spice rounds it off first. In addition, sweet, vanilla, caramelized popcorn, the slightly sour fruits are a bit more subtle here. In addition, a slightly dusty note of an old attic. Woody flavors,
      Malt, mint with more spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, slightly fruity only more sweet, vanilla with milk chocolate.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    My favorite Laddie so far, perhaps because the idiosyncrasies of the distillery character have been sanded off by time and good-quality bourbon oak, while the coastal qualities have been retained. Surprisingly fresh on the nose, surprisingly sweet on the tongue.
    • Nose
      90 90
      No big bruiser, instead it's quite subtle and refined – and indeed very maritime: a fresh sea breeze was my first association. It's mineralic and floral in equal parts, with a lovely citric twist and a good deal of salinity. Not a lot of oak on the nose, it appears to have been drawn mostly from refill casks. There are a few tart hebs in the mix (estragon?) and the fruits align on the acidic side of the spectrum (grapefruit?). I have to say I'm quite fond of this minimalist coastal style; I especially like that the lactic, fermentary notes that often tend to accompany younger Laddies seems to be completely absent from this older version – if anything, there's a soft creaminess, à la natural yoghurt. If I had tried this blind, I might've guessed Pulteney. Really understated and really good.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Hard to grasp in the beginning. Juicy, sweet and sour (naturally cloudy apple juice, banana puree) followed by a distinctly herbal side (dill, parsley), and finally a good portion of spicy, gingery oak. Perhaps a bit musty? The impression comes and goes. Curiously, I find more oak on the palate than on the nose. So it's not as fresh in the mouth, and sweeter, too. Reminds me of the fact that the "Classic Laddie" NAS remains to this day one of the sweetest, maltiest whiskies I've ever tried. The same malty sweetnees is still present here, it's just toned down by age, while the salty, coastal side has increased. Still very good, but not as ingenious as the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite a bit of active, peppery oak, but it's accompanied by a mouthwatering sweet/sour combo and a great minerality, so the overall impression is very pleasant and coherent. A bit musty at times, like a damp barrel, and the oak tends to dominate a bit. Lovely lingering salinity, though, like the film of sea spray left on the lips after a day at the beach.

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